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MITB News of the Week!

Recently there has been an influx of futuristic technology, with large corporations vying for the top spot.  Read more here!

Home Internet has just been made faster…in Japan.  Backed by Sony, So-net Entertainment has launched a fiber-based Internet service with download speeds of 2 Gbps.  Coming in second, the Google Fiber broadband Internet service offers an Internet speed of 1 Gbps per second.

In an area where upstart mobiles OSes have trouble building its own mobile operating systems, Firefox is taking the plunge.  Coming this summer, Firefox OS will be available in 5 European countries.  With Gary Kovacs’ resignation, what do you think Firefox’s future will be like?

Everyone knows that texting and walking is super dangerous, however, Juan-David Hincapié-Ramos will be creating an app that alert texters by measuring and sensing any obstacles in the  vicinity.

2013 seems to be the year of smartwatches.  Following rumors that Apple and Google are developing smartwatches, Microsoft is in talks to develop its own smartwatch.  Will YOU be sticking to your mobile phone or be wearing  “computer” on your wrist as well??

Bike safely!  Revolights has been creating bikes with built in tire lights with their Kickstarter funds.  Backers for this project can get a front wheel for $27, a rear wheel for $229, or the whole set for $399.  Is this project something YOU would back?

Fujitsu is developing a technology that detects objects your finger is touching, and can turn any surface in to a touchscreen.  One main feature involves the ability to copy and image or a text excerpt and storing that information in memory.  In my opinion, if this technology succeeds, the tablet market will be in big trouble…

MEIYING – HD Android 4.0 Tablet


For this weeks LightInTheBox Blog post I’m going to give you the low down on the MEIYING Android 4.0 Tablet computer. Not only is this little tablet aesthetically pleasing, it also packs a punch under it’s sleek exterior!


Flash Compatibility

It offers full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to access Flash-enabled websites; thus making sure all video and tube streaming websites display and load fully without any issues.


Powerful Graphics
This Android 4.0 Tablet comes with GC800 3D graphics, guaranteeing you an exceptional gaming and video viewing experience. The GC800 Graphics delivers super fast frame rendering. It merges the integegrated graphics acceleration software with the on-board / pre-installed 1.2GHz CPU; but that’s not all! Whilst most tablets will let you down with the tendency to slow to a crawl when you keep open several apps at once, the Meiying possesses 512MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM, ensuring cache and data files do not slow you down if you happen to need several apps open at once!

Yes, the MEIYING Android 4.0 Tablet computer truly is a powerhouse in a smooth and attractive outer casing. You’ll be the envy of your friends and you’ll love using the tablet, so why not give it a try today!

[ LITB Labs ] Aurora Windows 7 Tablet

Introduction

This week we have a rather unique product for review in the LITB Lab and it comes in the form of the Aurora Tablet. The Aurora tablet is a little different to the majority of the tablets currently on the market as it is one of the few touchscreen tablet computers that runs Windows 7 operating system and the only Windows 7 tablet available at Light In The Box.

After spending the last year or so swamped with tablets running various versions and builds of Google’s Android OS, which is now as familiar and natural to me as signing my name on a piece of paper, this is the first Windows 7 tablet that I have ever used and I was excited to get my hands on it and to see what it can do.

At this point I should probably note that I’m not overly familiar with Windows 7, I spend the majority of my time on OSX, Jolicloud, Android and unfortunately the old workplace favorite Windows XP, so I am by no means a Windows 7 advocate. In fact I generally avoid Windows whenever possible!

My first thoughts when I turned on the Aurora tablet were, “this is weird”, but at the same time “this is interesting and kind of cool”. Using a Windows 7 touchscreen tablet computer was a completely new experience for me, so I thought back to the first time I used the Android OS way back in 2008 to see if the two experiences could in anyway compare.

I remembered that with Android, even though it was a completely new OS that I had no experience of, it just felt right. From the first time I picked up my T-Mobile G1, I knew how to use it, I knew how it worked and it worked well. Having Windows 7 on a touchscreen tablet however was a different story.

Once I had gotten over the initial novelty of seeing Windows 7 where I was so used to seeing Android 2.2, 2.3 or 3.0, I started to explore the device. Navigation around Windows 7 OS felt clumpy and awkward, but then that is no real surprise when you remember that Microsoft did not develop Windows 7 with touchscreen tablets in mind.

Web-browsing was also a little frustrating, scrolling was awkward using the scroll bar at the side and the pinch and zoom function didn’t work as well as on Aurora’s iOS and Android counterparts. This said I did enjoy being able to use full versions of Chrome and Firefox browsers on the Aurora tablet, even if it wasn’t the slickest of browsing experiences.

The Good…

There is a lot to like about the Aurora tablet, it has a 9.7 inch screen like the iPad, that has superb HD video playback. There is the speedy 1.66GHz processor, which keeps the tablet running smoothly. The in-built camera is perfect for video calling with Skype, Gtalk or other VOIPs. The build quality of the Aurora tablet is excellent and if you’re a fan of Windows 7 then the OS itself will be a huge positive.

The Bad…

For me the major drawbacks lie with the fact that Windows 7 is not an OS designed for a tablet. The Aurora is not as good as a Windows 7 netbook nor is it as good as an Android tablet or an iPad, it is caught in the middle and doesn’t perform as well as the alternatives. The lack of an application market is also off putting and I know will be a big turn-off for most people. Then of course there is the price, at $439.99 it is probably not cheap enough to attract many people.

The Summary

As expected the Aurora tablet isn’t for everyone, if however you’re a fan of Windows 7 and have been looking for a Windows 7 tablet, then the Aurora tablet is definitely worth considering. For everyone else Android tablets are a far better option.

The Aurora touchscreen tablet computer is now available at Light In The Box for $439.99.

Confused: A LightInTheBox Soap Opera

It was a lovely summer evening in bustling Beijing and Jack was leaving the LightInTheBox offices to meet Carole. She was a beautiful Belgian girl whom he’d met in Vics, a popular night spot hip with the haves and reviled by the have-nots.

It was a clichéd first encounter; their eyes met across a crowded room and Jack found himself being drawn to Carole’s enchanting gaze like a moth to flame. “Can I buy you a drink?” Jack asked, comfortable with his sudden bravado – for as Jack was a quiet man at work, he was never a slouch with the ladies.

With a twinkle in her eye Carole smiled “Oh, I don’t see why not…” her voice trailed off on the cool evening air as she averted Jack’s seductive eyes. “I’ll have a mojito.” They chatted about simple things, agreeing not to mention the tedious and inglorious realm of the workplace. Their thoughts wound down an enchanted road; from fine dining to amusing tales from their childhoods. They laughed quietly together, chatting until the early hours and before parting, they had arranged their first date. They would meet again on Friday and Friday had arrived.

Tonight’s the night“, Jack thought, combing his hair back as he walked the busy street. He thought of Carole waiting for him at Scarlett, the secluded and romantic wine bar and hurried to walk faster. He hoped that they click over canapés and French wine… and perhaps take this encounter a little further.

Jack approached his destination and checked his wrist for the time. He was early, as always, thanks to his Genome LED watch which he’d set 15 minutes fast. It was a trick he’d picked up from his superstitious aunt, who mistakenly believed (and taught) that tardiness was one of the 7 deadly sins.

Jack entered Scarlett and as he checked his reservation with the hostess, he spotted a familiar and unpleasant face. Jack caught a chill. It was James, a dangerous man, and one Jack had hoped he’d never again encounter. James was sitting at a table alone, Othello tablet in hand and looking dapper in a black tux. “Has he seen me?” Jack thought, rubbing a worried thumb across his teeth. Nervous, Jack turned and hastily made his way up the black spiral staircase to the roof, praying that he had not been seen.

Once on the roof, Jack breathed a little relief, his heart resuming its normal hollow thud. He placed the single red rose he had bought for Carole on the table in front of him, ordered a bottle of Bordeaux from the waiter and with a sense of smugness knew the wine would have time to breath before his date arrived. It was all set.

Some time passed and as Jack swirled wine in his glass, he grew a little restless – when suddenly a waft of lovely perfume caught his nose across the terrace. Looking up, Jack saw Carole gliding towards him in a lovely black outfit. He couldn’t believe how amazing she looked. Her high-heels , Pleat Rose clutch and gold bracelets accented her natural beauty, giving her the aura of a movie star. “She’s special,” Jack thought. “She’s got something… different.”

Jack stood up as Carole reached the table. Like a true gentleman he kissed her on the cheek, presented her with the rose and offered her a chair. As they sat down the waiter appeared to pour the wine. They stared into each other’s eyes, as the sun set over the city in a comfortable silence. They barely spoke, happy to enjoy the moment. They both felt as if they’d known each other for years…

Suddenly Jack’s Versio Sunrise phone rang, awakening the lovers from their trance. He looked down at the call display. It was Luisa calling. Jack’s wife.

To Be Continued…